Two more fights have been added to the February 21 card of BAMMA 18 with Mike Grundy taking on Dino Gambatesa in a featherweight contest, and heavyweights Stuart Austin and Arthur Gluchowski also set to collide.
Having achieved a bronze medal when wrestling in the Commonwealth Games, Team Kaobon’s head wrestling coach Mike Grundy (2-0) effortlessly dispatched of Ant Philips in his pro debut last September, and most recently took out Michael Cutting on Dec.6, both via submission in the opening round. Having already shown he’s more than ready for a tougher challenge, and looks forward to facing an even more experienced opponent in the form of Gambatesa.
After dropping to bantamweight to face Gaz Pilot at BAMMA 17, the South African born Dino Gambatesa returns to the featherweight division to face Grundy at BAMMA 18. With his record now standing at 9-9, Gambatesa is looking to get back in the win column in Wolverhampton having most recently lost to Gaz Pilot via submission at BAMMA 17. Now residing in Swansea, Wales, Gambatesa fights out of Gracie Barra Swansea, and holds a diverse resume with a number of notable opponents such as Brad Pickett, Brad Wheeler, Cory Tait, and David Haggstrom.
Stuart Austin (8-1) is set to make his BAMMA debut as a Bellator veteran with seven career wins coming via stoppage. The 6’3″, 235lb judo black belt fights out of Trojan Free Fighters in London, and made a successful Bellator debut last year when taking out Canadian Craig Hudson with a rear-naked-choke in the opening round. Most recently, Austin suffered the first defeated of his career via knockout in the third round when he took on the USA’s Dan Charles at Bellator 126 last September.
Austin stated: “I cannot wait to step into the BAMMA arena against a tough opponent, but I have no doubt in my mind, my hand will be raised in victory.”
Fighting out of Team Fight Factory, 32-year-old Arthur Gluchowski brings a 4-5 record to BAMMA. Making his debut in the UKMMA promotion’s rapidly growing Heavyweight Division, the Polish born all rounder feels ready to take on the challenge of Austin, and simply stated: “Really looking forward to my BAMMA debut. May the best man win.”
BAMMA 18 takes place on Feb.21 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, headlined by reigning BAMMA world featherweight champion Tom ‘Fire Kid’ Duquesnoy taking on Poland’s Kryzystof Klaczek.